Purdue junior forward Robbie Hummel was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30 on Monday, earning inclusion among the group of players who will be eligible for this season's national player of the year award.
The Midseason Top 30 list is based on individual excellence and team record during the first half of the 2009-10 season.
The Boilermakers' second-leading scorer and rebounder with averages of 15.1 and 6.5 per game, respectively, Hummel has propelled Purdue to a 13-0 start that ranks as the second-best in program history. Purdue has also defeated a pair of top-10 teams during its longest winning streak under head coach Matt Painter, downing Tennessee in the championship game of the Paradise Jam and rolling past West Virginia on New Year's Day.
He has a pair of double-doubles and two 20-point performances this season, notching double-figure point totals in all but one contest. Hummel is also shooting 46.1 percent from the floor, handing out nearly two assists per game and blocking nearly a full shot per outing.
The Valparaiso , Ind. , native was a Preseason All-Big Ten selection and earned a place on the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team after helping lead the Boilers to the championship.
The national ballot for the John R. Wooden Award, comprised of approximately 20 players and chosen by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board Committee, will be selected in March. More than 1,000 voters, including sports media members and basketball experts from across the country, will choose the 10-player Wooden Award All-America team and Player of the Year in late March.
2009-10 John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 30
Cole Aldrich, Jr., C, Kansas
Al-Farouq Aminu, So., F, Wake Forest
James Anderson, Jr., G, Oklahoma State
Trevor Booker, Sr., F, Clemson
Matt Bouldin, Sr., G, Gonzaga
Da'Sean Butler , Sr., F, West Virginia
Sherron Collins, Jr., G, Kansas
Ed Davis, So., F, North Carolina
Jerome Dyson, Sr., G, Connecticut
Jimmer Fredette, Jr., G, BYU
Luke Harangody, Sr., F, Notre Dame
Manny Harris, Jr., G, Michigan
Gordon Hayward , So., G/F, Butler
Xavier Henry, Fr., G, Kansas
Darrington Hobson, Jr., G/F, New Mexico
Robbie Hummel, Jr., F, Purdue
Damion James, Sr., G/F, Texas
Wesley Johnson, Jr., F, Syracuse
Jeremy Lin, Sr., G, Harvard
Kalin Lucas, Jr., G, Michigan State
Greg Monroe, So., C, Georgetown
Patrick Patterson, Jr., F, Kentucky
Quincy Pondexter, Sr., F, Washington
Scottie Reynolds, Jr., G, Villanova
Omar Samhan, Sr., C, Saint Mary's
Jon Scheyer, Sr., G, Duke
Kyle Singler, Jr., F, Duke
Klay Thompson, So., G, Washington State
Evan Turner, Jr., G, Ohio State
Jarvis Varnado, Sr., F/C, Mississippi
John Wall, Fr., G, Kentucky